Searching for Blankets – The New York Occasions

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Shopping for Blankets - The New York Times

When the evenings get colder, blankets are useful almost anywhere: by the fire, in front of the TV, on the bed. But they make good decorative accents in almost any season – especially when they have vibrant colors and patterns.

A large-format textile like a blanket "can add great interest to a bedroom," said Katie Ridder, the New York-based interior designer. "Most of the space is usually taken up by the bed, so it's a nice place to have nice fabrics."

Ms. Ridder changes blankets with the seasons – "cotton for summer and wool for winter," she said – and uses them frequently to add a touch of color to a room.

And because woolen blankets can last for decades, she has amassed a large collection over the years. “I have stacks of different sizes and colors in my closet,” she said, including a pair of herringbone blankets that she and her husband, architect Peter Pennoyer, received as a wedding gift 32 years ago.

"They're a little moth-eaten," she added. "But we still have them."

  • How big does a blanket have to be when you put it on a bed? Ms. Ridder was tall enough to sit firmly on three sides of the mattress, although you could use a smaller blanket as a throw at the foot of the bed.

  • Can a blanket replace a duvet? In the summer, Ms. Ridder often uses a plain cotton blanket instead of a duvet. In the winter, a light wool blanket can be placed between a top sheet and a comforter, she said, or a heavier one could replace the comforter.

  • What should you do with old blankets that have holes in them? "I like to make decorative pillows out of it," said Ms. Ridder.

Organic cotton blanket with a geometric pattern

Organic cotton blanket with geometric pattern; From $ 98 at Coyuchi: 888-418-8847 or coyuchi.com

Rug woven in the Pacific Northwest

From $ 269 at Pendleton: 877-996-6599 or pendleton-usa.com

Fringed blanket made from recycled clothing

$ 108 at Trek Light Gear: treklightgear.com

Blanket made from recycled wool and other fibers

$ 66 from Tartan Blanket Co .: 011-44-131-516-9229 or tartanblanketco.com

Black striped wool blanket with oversized pompoms

$ 545 at L’Aviva Home: 212-625-9605 or lavivahome.com

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